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If all the evidence in the universe turned in favour of creationism, I would be the first to admit it, and I would immediately change my mind. As things stand, however, all available evidence (and there is a vast amount of it) favours evolution. It is for this reason and this reason alone that I argue for evolution with a passion that matches the passion of those who argue against it. My passion is based on evidence. Theirs, flying in the face of evidence as it does, is truly fundamentalist.
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

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The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Two of science’s luminaries converse on the beauty of science. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of NOVA and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will explore the wonders of the Cosmos and of Life, its origins, its inspirations, and why science is not just an option, it is the only reality we possess.

This is one of the best things that I have ever seen.

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ohmysagan:

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thewishfire:

I love the fact that there are videos of him reading (and getting a kick out of) his hate mail.

Just hearing someone so intelligent and well spoken swearing is humorous in and of itself.

Best. Video. Evar. His accent just makes it that much better.

Your destiny is all fucked up!

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Symphony of Science - ‘The Big Beginning’ (ft. Hawking, Sagan, Dawkins, Shears, Tyson)

[Hawking]
We observe that distant galaxies are moving away from us
They must have been closer together in the past

It was the beginning of the universe
And of time itself
Anything that happened before the big bang
Could not affect what happened after

[Dawkins]
The poetry of the expanding universe
The poetry of the complexity of life
We’re not normally equipped to understand
And science gives it to us

Science is opening your eyes
To the wonderfulness of what’s there
Science is opening your eyes
To the poetry of the expanding universe

[Sagan]
The early cosmos was everywhere white hot
But then as time passed
The radiation expanded and cooled

Then little pockets of gas began to grow
Steadily brightening, we call them the galaxies

[Shears]
In the big bang we had equal amounts of matter and anti-matter
And as soon as they met each other,
They annihilated together

And this battle played out
Whilst the universe expanded
In its first minute of existence

[DeGrasse Tyson]
It’s not all that hard to detect the big bang
All you need to do is change the channel
Until you come between two stations

About one percent of the snow and noise
Comes from the big bang itself
We’re all eavesdropping
On the birth pains of the cosmos

(source: incomprehensibleuniverse)

(Source: symphonyofscience.com)

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Symphony of Science - ‘Our Place in the Cosmos’ (ft. Sagan, Dawkins, Kaku, Jastrow)

[Narrator]
With every century
Our eyes on the universe have been opened anew
We are witness
To the very brink of time and space

[Robert Jastrow]
We must ask ourselves
We who are so proud of our accomplishments
What is our place in the cosmic perspective of life?

[Carl Sagan]
The exploration of the cosmos
Is a voyage of self discovery
As long as there have been humans
We have searched for our place in the cosmos

[Richard Dawkins]
Are there things about the universe
That will be forever beyond our grasp?
Are there things about the universe that are
Ungraspable?

[Sagan]
One of the great revelations of space exploration
Is the image of the earth, finite and lonely
Bearing the entire human species
Through the oceans of space and time

[Dawkins]
Matter flows from place to place
And momentarily comes together to be you
Some people find that thought disturbing
I find the reality thrilling

[Sagan]
As the ancient mythmakers knew
We’re children equally of the earth and the sky
In our tenure on this planet, we’ve accumulated
Dangerous evolutionary baggage

We’ve also acquired compassion for others,
Love for our children,
And a great soaring passionate intelligence
The clear tools for our continued survival

[Michio Kaku]
We could be in the middle
Of an inter-galactic conversation
And we wouldn’t even know

[Sagan]
We’ve begun at last
To wonder about our origins
Star stuff contemplating the stars
Tracing that long path

Our obligation to survive and flourish
Is owed not just to ourselves
But also to that cosmos
Ancient and vast, from which we spring

(source: incomprehensibleuniverse)

(Source: symphonyofscience.com)

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